|BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS|
The following information is from a hand-written letter by Foster, sent in 1936 to the Vancouver Art Gallery regarding the sale of one of his paintings. The letter is provided courtesy of the Vancouver Art Gallery Library.
George A.F. Foster
Born in England - in 1904.
Came to Canada in 1913 - residing in Winnipeg, Man.
Studied at the Winnipeg School of Art, under Franz Johnston, Keith Gebhardt, and L.L. Fitzgerald. Was principally interested in "Life", winning a scholarship in this subject.
Moved to Vancouver in 1928, working since that time as a commercial artist.
Did not seriously devote any time to outdoor sketching until the summer of 1935. Prefer portrait work to landscape painting.
Have only exhibited on two occasions, the first time at the B.C. Artists' Exhibition, 1935; and at the Christmas Exhibition just concluding.
The picture "In Stanley Park", is a study of a moss-covered group just east of the big hollow tree, right on the roadside, and was sketched in September - just when the first Autumn tints were appearing on the surrounding foliage. "In Stanley Park" is the first picture Mr. Foster has had the privilege of selling.
The City Directory for 1946 lists the artist living in Vancouver, employed by the Foster-King Art Studio, married to Phyllis F. Foster.
BC Vital Statistics on-line did not provide any information on the artist as of May 2021.
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Old Pier - Spanish Banks|
|1935 Nov. 22 - Dec. 8||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||Chrysanthemums|
|In Stanley Park|
|1936 April 7 - 19||VAG Foster, E.C. Lockey, R.S. Scott||?|
|1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 15th Annual||Coal Harbour Chaos|
|Arbutus Point, Galiano Island|
"At the Art Gallery"
West End Breeze, April 2 1936